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Old 01-20-2006, 08:31 PM   #1
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Pregnancy and Exercise

Hey there. I am wondering if any pregnant women out there use cardio machines (eliptical, tread mill, stepper, etc.) and work out often? I normally exercise 30-40 minutes 3-4 days a week and hope I don't have to give this up when I get pregnant. I also use weight machines and free weights.

I am just wondering what your exercise routine is like now that you are pregnant.

 
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Old 01-21-2006, 07:25 AM   #2
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Re: Pregnancy and Exercise

I jog on my treadmill 5 times a week and have just now switched to power walking at 4.7 for 45 min. I also use elliptical machine as well. I was lifting weight 3x a week as I have been lifting weights for 4 years and recentely switched over to yoga due to the fact that I felt so stiff all the time and for some reason my muscles were building so quickly I guess all the extra protein in my diet made more muscle tissue anyway, I do love the yoga it makes me feel long and lean so different than the weights I just might continue with this for life. I am 14 weeks. My dr told me it was great to continue with my exercise but you should get the ok from your dr as well. Good luck

 
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Old 01-21-2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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Re: Pregnancy and Exercise

You don't have to stop exercising, in fact it can help ease some common pregnancy discomforts and labor. I power walk on the treadmill at a very high incline. I also like the eliptical machine, it is great. Weights are also great, although I am seven months now and I have to stick to my arms because my belly does get in the way when I try to work my legs. Some other people take up yoga. It is beneficial to continue!

 
Old 01-22-2006, 01:58 PM   #4
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Re: Pregnancy and Exercise

It helps if you are physically active prior to becoming prengnant. I was active prior to and still am at approximately 18 weeks. I do power walking on the treadmill on an incline at least 4 days a week for about 30-45 minutes in addition to pilates reformer (on the machine) 3 days a week! I can definitely say working out gives a huge boost in energy levels!

So, go ahead and workout! In anycase, it's best to not gain so much unecessary weight during pregnancy!


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Old 01-23-2006, 07:47 AM   #5
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Re: Pregnancy and Exercise

With ds 3 years ago I gave up walking once it got too cold...likely at about 16 weeks. Since then we have purchased an eliptical and I usually get up every week day morning and do about 30-35 minutes on it. I don't let my heartrate get up too high and don't even really get very sweaty (but I am working out in our unheated basement). The eliptical broke between weeks 14-18 and that's when my sciatic began to really act up (all day long and even at night too) and I began to feel super tired. Now at 22.5 weeks I am feeling fairly good, my sciatic only bugs me if I stand too long and I am not nearly so tired. Despite the fact that I am not really burning any fat or working out too hard I can certainly tell it makes a difference.

 
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